GRC Blog

Welcome to the GRC Recorders pages. This blog provides details on all the relevant news of Glamorgan’s scarcer birds, plus all BBRC & WRP decisions that affect us locally. It will also be used to document the status and occurrence of these scarcer species and we welcome contributions from anyone with photographs, artwork or documentation of rarities past, present and future. The GRC also welcomes all seawatching news from around Glamorgan and news of passage migrants in spring & autumn, uncommon birds in our area and unusual behaviour.

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The Glamorgan Rarities Committee, in conjunction with the Glamorgan Bird Club & Gower Wildlife , have agreed to co-operate with the Welsh Ornithological Society in the sharing of bird records & photographs in the interest of keeping accurate records and to promote birdwatching in North, Mid & South Wales.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Quails at Paviland

2 Quails heard calling by Rob Taylor & Rob Colley on the left hand side of the track leading to Paviland from Pilton Green the last couple of nights.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Porthcawl Seawatching

9 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 10 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern & 2 Med Gull (ad & juv). With most birds being seen 1115-1230 hrs (high tide)


Friday, 24 June 2011

2010 D-List species

Eastern Glamorgan Recording Area
If you have any outstanding records of description species [D-List] for 2010 please submit them to me asap for inclusion in the 2010 EGBR. There is a proceedure for submitting records on the GBC website or you could email me directly with your description. A full list of the Description Species is available on this site. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thank You
David Gilmore

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Influx of Mediterranean Gulls in the Cardiff area

There has been an influx of Mediterranean Gulls at the Cardiff Foreshore. 14 were reported on 19th (2 adult summer & 12 1st summer) with another report today at RGW of 20 (no detail of ages). It is uncommon for multiples of 10+ in Eastern Glamorgan for this species. The record of 20 today (21st) is the highest for the recording area. The highest totals before this influx were 14 at KNNR in Jan. 2006 and 12 Taff/Ely Est. 1995, Rest Bay 2004 & Porthcawl 2008.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Porthcawl Seawatching

3 Storm Petrel & a Great Skua passed down channel amongst the commoner birds in a three hour period from 0715hrs.


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

White Wagtail breeding in VC41?

These photos were taken by Mr George Walker showing Alba (White Wagtail[s]) feeding a juvenile at Ogmore Vale in June 2011. The observer seems to think that both parents are alba, as none of his photographs show a Pied Wagtail in attendance. In Glamorgan there is a record for yarrellii x alba breeding at Cwm Garnant. White Wagtail does breed in GB, in northern Scotland and mainly on Shetland, so a record in VC41 is notable indeed if authenticated.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Bee-eater on Gower

A Bee-eater was seen feeding over Wernffrwd SS5193 at c10am, it flew off west over Llanrhidian marsh. It has been looked for but unfortunately has not been relocated as yet.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Black tailed godwit at Kenfig pool today.

The bird was by the boathouse at 10:15AM.
It flew Northwards over the bonaventure hide a little later.

Friday, 3 June 2011

OOC:Pied Flycatchers-Brecon

Out of county I know but couldn't resist posting some pics of such fantastic little birds !